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GSM Live: Detoxifying Masculinity in Sport

Man with megaphone and text Detoxifying Masculinity in Sport

GSM Live will be held on Friday, June 18th at 11am (Pacific) / 2pm (Eastern)

When Skip Bayless, co-host of Fox Sports' "Undisputed" show, criticized Dak Prescott on his comments about struggling with depression through last year, the public backlash was swift, severe and unforgiving. Prior the pandemic, athletes were beginning to open up about the struggles they faced in sports, which is a sharp turn away from the "old school" mentality to just "suck it up."

The history of hypermasculinity in sport doesn't start and stop with the athlete. It's a system perpetuated from the top to the bottom, but in today's arenas, younger generations may be helping to change the landscape and detoxify toxic masculinity in sport through an openness of seeking help for mental health to "non-traditional" styles of fashion pushing the boundaries of the binary.

On our next GSM Live, experts discuss this culture shift in sports and the ways to cultivate a more open and supportive environment for athletes today.

Event Details
Date: Friday, June 18th
Time: 11am (Pacific) / 2pm (Eastern)
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Show Guests:
Don McPherson | Former NFL & CFL quarterback and author of "You Throw Like a Girl: The Blindspot of Masculinity"

Kate T. Parker | Mother, wife, Ironman, professional photographer and New York Times Bestselling author who shoots both personal projects and commercial work for her clients, author of photo series "Strong is the New Pretty" and "Heart of a Boy"

Chris Kluwe | Former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings, outspoken advocate for gender equality, and author of Otaku

Stan Thangaraj | Associate professor of Anthropology at The City College of New York examining stereotypes associated with race, gender and sport

Hosted by:
Luke Brenneman, PhD | Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Global Sport Institute
Dr. Brenneman’s research focuses on enhancing the fan experience and leveraging the unifying power of sport to reduce prejudice and foster positive contact between fans of various group identities. He has developed strategies and templates for organizing events to achieve these goals based on his research at the 2016 Rio Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, 2014 FIFA Men’s World Cup, and other events. Brenneman has been published in academic journals, edited volumes, and Host City magazine. He has certificates in Conflict Mediation, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and Social Transformation and has experience organizing public dialogue events, professional and academic conferences, and university events.  He has also taught courses at ASU on conflict and negotiation, intercultural communication, and other topics.


Event Type: 
Global Sport Conversation Series
Other Global Sport Events
June 18, 2021


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